Sweet Sunday Sermon – Looking unto Jesus

Submitted by Dr. GP
  • “Looking unto Jesus” –Hebrews 12 :1-2
  • The Greek word for ‘looking’ is a more exact word than we can find in the English language. It has a preposition in it which implies a definite  looking away from everything else as well as a present looking unto Jesus
  • One translation translates the phrase “Looking” beautifully as, fixing our eyes on. We can only run the race as we look to Jesus and have our eyes locked on to Him. He is our focus, our inspiration, and our example. 
  • We are to look from all beside to Jesus. Like race horses, we must put our blinkers on.  
  • We are not to look on the cloud of witnesses; as  they will hinder us by taking our eyes from looking on Jesus. 
  • We are not to look on the weights and the besetting sin-that we are seeking to lay aside as these might discourage us.  
  • We are not to look on the race-course, or the competitors, as this might intimidate us. 
  • We are just to look to Jesus and start the race.  

    WHY SHOULD WE LOOK AT JESUS TO RUN THE RACE? 

    BECAUSE ………HE IS the author and finisher of our faith
  • Looking to a king or leader as a model, or to God for inspiration, was a common injunction in the ancient world. 
  •  Whereas Jesus is the one who has run the path before us, offers the preeminent example of how the race is to be run, he was and is so much more than the ultimate example of Christian endurance. Because  he is the “author and perfecter of our faith” this sets him apart from all the examples enumerated in Hebrews 11.Consequently he is worthy of consideration as pointed out in verse 3 

    Jesus is described as the author and finisher of our faith, 
  • The word translated “author” is rich with meaning and can communicate variously the idea of a champion, leader, forerunner, or initiator.  

  • The idea that Jesus is not only the author of our faith; but also the  finisher of it also is clearly expressed in the comforting words of Philippians 1:6 as well as 2 Tim 1:12 

If we were not confident or sure that he was the author and finisher of our faith we would not be able to run the race. 

This verse tells us that our Lord is not only the object, but also the author of our faith in all respects. He is the beginning, perfecter, and rewarder of it. Christians must therefore keep looking away from this world to him because he has perfected our faith. 

That he perfected our faith means that the Lord accomplished fully what it would take for ourfaith to be a reality……  he brought it to its intended goal.  

Jesus accomplished the perfection of our faith by his sacrificial death on the cross. In keeping with the race imagery, he has cleared the path of faith so that we may run it. The way is open, and although hurdles exist, the roadblocks have been removed. 

Jesus not only perfected faith but also provided the preeminent example of endurance because he looked beyond immediate, painful circumstances to the reward that was ahead. 

He is the finisher of our faith; he is the fulfiller and the fulfilling of all scripture-promises and prophecies; he is the finisher of the work of faith with power in the souls of his people; and he is the judge and the rewarder of our faith; he helps us to reach the mark, and it is from him, and in him, we have the prize. 

Whenever one talks about faith, all depends upon Jesus, for he is the basis, the means, and the fulfillment of faith.  

Who for the joy that was set before him  

endured the cross,  

despising  OR SCORNING the shame 

Who for the joy that was set before Him:  

Jesus did not regard the cross itself as a joy. But He looked past the horror of the cross to enjoy the joy beyond it. The same mentality will enable us  to endure. Romans 8:18 

He despised the shame.  

Despising the shame: One of the prominent elements of the torture of the cross was its extreme shame. Jesus bore this shame to accomplish our redemption. 

Jesus bore a shameful accusation: blasphemy. 

 Jesus bore shameful mocking, a shameful beating. Jesus wore a shameful crown and a shameful robe. Jesus bore shameful mocking even as He prayed on the cross. 

All the reproaches that were cast upon him, both in his life and at his death, he despised or scorned; because he was infinitely above them; he knew his own innocency and excellency, and despised the ignorance and malice of his despisers. 

Jesus despised this shame and endured through it to victory. How did he do this? 

The verb kataphroneo, translated here as “scorning,” or despising means to treat someone or something as if he or it had little value. That Jesus “scorned” the shame of the cross means that he treated it as insignificant or of little consequence. 

 The cross was the lowest form of capital punishment in the Roman world, reserved for slaves and criminals and involving both torture and public humiliation.  

On the cross Jesus was treated as valueless, being mocked and ridiculed—in short, being “scorned” or “shamed.” But He, turned the experience inside out, by “scorning the shame”; or “scorning the scorn,” Jesus considered  the cross to be insignificant compared to the joy of the exaltation that was  set before our Him, because the end result of the  shame of the cross was his exaltation to the right hand of God (Ps. 110:1). The phrase “And has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God speaks of Jesus’ glorification. The same promise of being glorified is true for the Christian also. Thus, Christians are encouraged to look beyond their present difficulties to God’s promised rewards. 

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Romans 8:18  Knowing that Jesus doesn’t ask more of us than what He has Himself experienced, and that He knows exactly what we are going through keeps us from becoming weary.

14 comments

  • It was a One Horse Race

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  • Blood of the Prophet Pt1 and Pt2

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  • @ Bajans in Sleepwalk Town
    Wake Up! Rise Up
    Up! Up! Up!
    Look for the Jesus Spirit inside you
    it is hanging out with the African Spirit that moves your body

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  • ONE WOULD THINK THAT AFTER AN ERUDITE EXEGESIS OF HEBREWS 12:1-2 THAT THE APPROPRIATE MUSIC WOULD BE “TURN YOUR EYES UPON JESUS”

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  • “ONE WOULD THINK THAT AFTER AN ERUDITE EXEGESIS”
    Sounds like you are blowing your again trumpet again like your penis again with your mental masturbation again like a wanker
    just saying

    I think some Bajans may refer to ‘dick playing’ as ‘navel gazing’

    Babylon be still while I blow this trumpet.
    Babylon be still.
    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
    The same that was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without
    Him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light
    Of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not…
    He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came
    Unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he
    Power to become the sons of God…
    Jah Rastafari, Haile Selassie the First.
    Who was born not of the will of man, nor of the will of the flesh, but of the will of God.
    Full of grace and truth. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among I and I and I and I.
    And we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace
    And truth.
    King Haile Selassie I
    King Haile
    Oh God, he is Christ
    Christ in his kingly character
    Christ in his kingly character
    Tell…
    There is no other
    There is no other
    There is no other
    His foundation is in the holy mountains. The Lord God Jah the Almighty loveth the gates of
    Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of
    God. Selah. I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to them that know me: behold
    Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia; this man was born there. And of Zion it shall be said,
    This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her. The Lord
    God Jah the Almighty Haile Selassie, our Father’s chanted redeemer shall count, when he
    Writeth up the people, that this man was born there. Selah. As well the singers as the
    Players on instruments shall be there: all my springs are in thee.
    Oh well now…
    Babylon be still while I blow this trumpet.
    Babylon be still while I blow this trumpet.
    Bobalon be still.
    Can’t give I your pill.
    Want to see I be killed.
    Oh well now…
    Give thanks and praise to the Most High always!
    And I know Jah will help in your days.
    This is no time to gaze.
    No, no, no.
    No time to gaze.
    Play rasta song
    All the day long
    And you’ll be strong
    To carry on, yes…

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  • MY DEAR SIR, YOU ARE RIGHT TO BLASPHEME AND CARRY ON AS YOU ARE ALLOWED TO DO HERE NOWI

    BUT ONE DAY YOU WILL APPEAR AT THE GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGEMENT

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  • Judge not lest you be Judged. The Christ in me is Judging the Evil Devil in you and the Holy Spirit in me finds you guilty.
    You worship Babylon

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  • Be You Yabby Yabby You
    Jesus Dread Conquering Lion of Tribe Of Judah Thy Kingdom Come Releation Kingdom Come Black Kingdom Come Dreadlock Sound

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